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  • Summary: This documentary takes an inside look at John Kerry, where he has come from, and how these roots have driven him forward in his public life. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. It's obviously meant to help his presidential candidacy - why release it a month before the election, otherwise? - and for the first 7 minutes, it plays like a campaign commercial about young John's integrity, hard work and humble roots.
  2. 80
    The most powerful and telling image is a black-and-white still of Kerry burying his face in his arms after he threw his ribbons onto the Capitol steps; it's a moment true enough to cost him the presidency.
  3. Makes an eloquent case for John Kerry's courage, both during and immediately after his service in Vietnam.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    While the film is unabashedly pro-Kerry --Butler and Kerry are longtime friends -- it isn't simple hagiography; it's also a portrait of Vietnam War-era America.
  5. 70
    I got a charge out of Going Upriver, but as more than one person has noted, the movie's ideal spectator would be Kerry himself.
  6. This is the biggest surprise of all -- it's hard to watch Going Upriver without wondering, frankly, what became of the young John Kerry, who comes off so exceptionally well in this film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. KimR.
    Sep 24, 2005
    It is September 2005, and I cried at the end of this film from an overwheming sense that we have all made a terrible mistake - this man should be in the White House - as our President. Collapse

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